The work of Alex Israel is deeply entwined with his hometown of Los Angeles. The artist creates art that riffs on Hollywood culture and the cult of celebrity. His first major body of work consisted of rented studio props, transformed into readymades by their placement in the gallery—some blatantly obvious in their artificiality. He gave celebrities the same treatment in the video series “As It Lays
”, video portraits based on campy TV talk shows. In the interviews, he asked banal questions to the likes of Marilyn Manson, Bret Easton Ellis, and Jamie Lee Curtis in hopes of revealing the true essence of these public figures.
Learn more about the artist here
Visiting Artist Lecture: Alex Israel
12:15PM Ahmanson, Forum
Open to the Public